Mashrafe tries to add ‘new weapon’ in bowling

After another overwhelming team success, this time with the domestic team Abahani Limited in country’s premier list A competition, Bangladesh limited over skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza talked about his personal goals with the ball in hand.

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The 35 year old revealed that he has been trying to bowl a ‘semi cross’ delivery to add variety in his bowling.

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Mashrafe said, “I have tried to bowl in a semi-cross seam position much like England’s Stuart Broad.”

“I worked with my wrist position like the way I always do. But for me the focal point was to learn some new tricks that would help me get a better result in flat wickets,” he added.

“It was a flat wicket during the Champions Trophy and it would be the same in the next World Cup so felt that something new should be tried. I could grip the ball with seam-up and cross seam but this time I opted to see how it goes with semi-cross seam,” he said.

“Though I had planned it but watching TV and video helped me a lot. I had seen Stuart Broad bowl in this grip and tried to bowl following some of his grip positioning,” Mashrafe bin Mortaza added.

“I am a firm believer that if your length is ok you can get away unless it is a bad day,” Mortaza said lately.

“After my pace got reduced all I did was concentrate on the length and now that has become one of my area of strength. I’m getting confident with the new grip that I have tried and hopefully will execute it during the international matches,” he ended.

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